I was born and raised in the West San Fernando Valley, where I attended Round Meadow Elementary, A.E. Wright Middle School, and Calabasas High. After high school, I moved on to the University of California San Diego where I graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science. I earned my Doctorate of Dental Surgery with honors from UCLA School of Dentistry in 1994 and continued my education to complete my Master of Science in orthodontics, also with honors, from USC in 1997.
Upon graduation, I joined my father in practice in Woodland Hills and, like my father, am a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, a member of the Southern California Angle Society, and an assistant professor in the graduate orthodontic department at USC, where I have received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award. I have also implemented a case-review system to help the USC residents become board certified.
I love participating in both the local and orthodontic community. Personally, I have served on the region 71 AYSO board as the Boys U8 division rep, as well being a volunteer soccer referee. Professionally, I have been both the president and treasurer of the USC Orthodontic Alumni Association, as well as an active member on the Dougherty and Tanaka Orthodontic Foundation.
In my spare time, I enjoy mountain biking, skiing, hiking with my wife and rescue dog, and of course playing with my sons, Benjamin and Matthew.